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Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys: The Big Lie

3.58  ·  Rating details ·  347 ratings  ·  111 reviews
Volume collects issues 1-6

A Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys mystery unlike any other you've ever read! When the teenage brothers Frank and Joe Hardy are accused of the murder of their father - a detective in the small resort town of Bayport - they must team up with Nancy Drew to prove their innocence (and find the real guilty party in the process) in a twisting noir tale, comple
Paperback, 162 pages
Published November 28th 2017 by Dynamite Entertainment (first published November 2017)
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[Shai] Bibliophage
I was in grade school when I first had the chance to read books of Nancy Drew Files and Hardy Boys Casefiles. It was my older sister who purchased them and I only borrowed them from her. It's over 2 decades and I've already forgot what particular books I'd read.

Reading this graphic novel of the Nancy Drew And The Hardy Boys really takes me back to my childhood. I'm really grateful that I'd read this; reading Nancy, Joe and Frank's sleuthing skill and crime solving ability is both thrilling and f
Mar 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
I’m not quite sure how this happened but I made it through my entire childhood without reading a single Nancy Drew or Hardy Boys book. I began to rectify this glaring hole in my bookish experience two years ago when my library bought the first few Nancy Drew books. I read and enjoyed the first two before getting distracted by another book. Here we are two years later and I’ve been distracted by so many other books that I haven’t read the third book or beyond. I’m yet to read a Hardy Boys book.

Nov 11, 2017 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew fans , I guess.
+Digital arc gently provided by Netgalley in exchange for an honest review+

Despite the introduction of this comic as 'noir' and sort of gritty, I fail to see those changes, but how should I know, afterall, I'm not really a what you could call a real fan of the series, because I've never even see a book of the Hardy Brothers (kind of all american boys it seems) or Nancy Drew. Only watched some old movies of Nancy -that would explain why I'm not part of the 'Nancy was so cool' of the old crowd.- ,
Nov 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
Given that the last time I read a Hardy Boys book, I was probably 10, I didn't expect to be reading new stories in my 4o's and digging them. Del Col has definitely turned the series on its ear with the kids are all grown up now even though they are still in their teens. Joe and Frank's dad has been murdered and they are the prime suspects. So Nancy and the boys go undercover to find the real murderer. The end of the book also hints at bigger conspiracies to come. Del Col definitely steers the st ...more
Feb 18, 2019 rated it it was ok
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Oct 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics-other
Thanks to Netgalley, as always, for providing digital copies of these tomes.

We live in a time where everything old is new again! Comics like Archie, Star Trek and Star Wars are experiencing a resurgence (both through their Classic and "New Riverdale" lines), and TV and Cinema are rife with revivials/remakes/remaginings of classic fare.

While not everything they're bringing back stands the test of time, unfortunately, I'm pleased to report that this collection both respects the time-honored eleme
Manon the Malicious
Nov 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
I was provided an ARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

I had never read anything Nancy Drew before.
But it didn’t bother me when reading this. The story was well constructed, the characters complex and interesting.
I really enjoyed getting to know Nancy as well as both Joe and Frank.

This was such a fast read, the intrigue just took me and left me wanting more... I hope a sequel comes out soon!
Oct 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
In his introduction to the trade paperback collection of Dynamite Entertainment's Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys: The Big Lie, Francesco Francavilla states, "These are the Hardy Boys like you have never seen them before. This is Nancy Drew like you've never seen her before. And this is to say that the book is not your grandparents' NANCY DREW AND THE HARDY BOYS books."

Thank God!

Please don't misunderstand me. Growing up, I voraciously read the yellow-spined Nancy Drew and blue-spined Hardy Boys bo
Oct 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is not your grandma's Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys! It's a gritty, violent, crime-ridden world where people are murdered in bloody ways. Nancy is brilliant and kick-ass as expected and she's a real babe too! The Hardy brothers are good foils with complimentary personalities but I was a bit shocked at how much they physically fought with each other. I have never read the original series so I can't compare but this one is definitely for teens and adults. I'm really interested to see where this c ...more
Nicola Mansfield
Dec 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Brings back Drew and the Hardy Bros for the contemporary world. I enjoyed this so much and look forward to the next volume. Fantastic crime noir story, incorporating characters from both series. I also just love the inclusion of other Stratemeyer Syndicate characters: The Rover Boys as the villains, Tom Swift helps out and the Bobbsey Twins are hanging in the background. The ending lets us know they will play a bigger part next time around.Great story in which Frank and Joe are being framed for ...more
I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

First I just want to say that I have never read anything with the Hardy Boys or Nancy Drew in my entire life, but this looked fun so I thought I would give it a try. That being said I'm not sure how similar this is to the rest of the franchise, if everyone is more or less in character, or whether die-hard fans will enjoy this. But if you're just looking for a fun mystery comic with some noir influences I would def
Nov 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
Just finished ‘Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys: The Big Lie’.

Reading this brings back memories during primary school days. I couldn’t get enough of Nancy Drew back then. To see it reincarnate into a graphic novel and in a current modern setting, is a very good thing. I cannot recommend it enough.
Oct 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery, comics
I always liked Nancy Drew. Injecting her and the Hardy Boys into a gritty, noir-tinged mystery works really well. Hardly surprising, Nancy has been investigating murders for decades. It's a good mystery, though it felt like it was wrapped up a bit too quickly. The art is great, reminiscent of Sean Phillips's work on Criminal without looking like an imitation. Certainly a more adult incarnation of classic characters, but it isn't a wild jump for them, either.
Nov 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
This was a very dark version of Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys. I'm used to the middle-grade take on the famous girl slouth so the dark setting were a surprise to me. But it actually suited me better now that I'm all grown up.
Bea  Charmed
I loved the Hardy Boys growing up, both the books and later, the TV series. Yes, I'm that old, lol. I was less of a Nancy fan but I read and enjoyed some of those books too. Still, when I saw this on NetGalley, I was intrigued. The blurb was a little off-putting with it's talk of noir style but I decided to give it a try.

This story radically revises the Hardy boys mythos - killing off their dad, reviving their late mother, and absolutely no mention of Aunt Gertrude nor is their any mention of a
Katherine Paschal
Mar 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is not they Nancy Drew that you grew up with!

Nancy is back, and much more grown up than ever before. She knows that the world is dangerous, not everyone can be trusted, how to manipulate a situation, and how to read a situation. In other words, Nancy was a badass! Seriously, this girl. I would read a book series about her just like this now as an adult. I grew up completely in love with the Nancy Drew mysteries, and this version is a more grown-up Nancy I can get behind. I can't wait for mo
Art the Turtle of Amazing Girth
I really really liked this, I have read and re-read the Hardy Boy books countless times since I was 4 or 5.

The boys are a little more grown up now, and I did miss some of their friends, like where in the hell is Chet?? I did enjoy the additions of the Bobbsey twins, Nancy Drew and Tom Swift. There's even a tiny cameo from Callie.

This a gritty, fast paced, thrill ride for anyone who loved the Hardys and Nancy Drew.

Stop wanting them to be just like they used to be, just enjoy the update!

There's a
Norman Cook
May 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
I grew up reading lots of Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys books, so I was a bit leery of how they would be updated for today's readers. I was quite taken with this noir approach that portrayed the heroes as flawed characters. I enjoyed the twists and turns of the various con games and subterfuges the trio played on their adversaries. I also enjoyed seeing cameos by the Rover Boys, the Bobbsey twins, and Tom Swift, albeit in substantially different forms. The solution to the mystery was pretty clear de ...more
Oct 02, 2017 rated it liked it
Although I read the Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew, as a kid, I also read the Alfred Hitchcock series of the Famous Three, which I liked better. Actually, I found that even though my grandfather wrote mystery novels, I was never that big on them, and preferred fantasy, or historic novels.

Saying this, as a way to explain that although I am familiar with the original Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew, I have no idea what Frank or Joe are known for, what sets them apart. I was hoping, because this was a modern
Feb 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2018
This was a nice modern update to Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys. And the artwork was pretty great too. I'm hoping they continue with further issues along these lines.
Quentin Wallace
Sep 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
3.5 Stars

I'm not that familiar with the original Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys stories (I'm a Three Investigators guy) but I know enough about them to know this was a much darker story for the characters then usual. The Hardy Boys father commits suicide because he's found out to be a dirty cop, but foul play is suspected. Nancy Drew teams up with the brothers in order to get to the bottom of things. There's more murder and we even see the trio go undercover as criminals in order to sort things out.

Apr 10, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed the gritty spin on these classic characters. I am looking forward to seeing where this series goes.
Received a digital copy through NetGalley.

3.5 stars.
If you're anything like me, you probably grew up reading the old Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys books; maybe even have a few of those Nancy Drew computer games lying around. For a lot of people, those books were what introduced them to the genre of mystery, and they continue to be classic favorites today.
To be perfectly honest, I was kind of skeptical, going into The Big Lie, if only because I haven't been interested in Nancy or the Hardy's in a lon
Ana (thestarslisten)
Oct 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc
*ARC received via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.*

For someone who hasn't read any of the books from these famous teen mystery solvers, I could say that I was quiet entertained.

The world is now modern and Nancy and the Boys are seen in a world of different problems. However, I do perceive Nancy as a neat and good girl, not one who seems dark and manipulates people. But what do I know? I can't even remember the film played by Emma Roberts. Frank and Joe are different in this new story
Jan 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
I read issues 1-3 when they first came out, then lost track of this for a bit. But wow, this is a well-done, darker take on the various Stratemeyer characters. For it isn't just Nancy and the Hardys: The Rovers, Tom Swift, and the Bobbseys all get a shoutout. It makes me wonder who else would make an appearance if another story was published. There is a hook at the end, leaving the way open for a sequel...

If you like noir or pulp, this is for you. If you don't mind seeing your beloved fictional
Anthony Del Col did a pretty great job reimagining the Hardy Boys in a gritty noir comic. Fenton Hardy has been murdered and Chief Collig thinks Frank and Joe are to blame. Nancy Drew makes her appearance as a blond bombshell femme fatale, but someone still remains the clever, fast-on-her-feet, intuitive detective that we all grew up loving. I really enjoyed the name-checks of other Stratemeyer Syndicate series heroes; Tom Swift shows up unexpectedly, for example.

Definitely worth a read if only
Liam Berge
I received this graphic novel free in return for my review.

Something terrible has happened in the nice town of Bayport, Frank and Joe Hardy's father has been murdered and they're suspected of the crime. Only with the help of Nancy Drew can the boys clear their names and find out who really killed their father.

Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys is a great modern take on the crime solving cast with a dark noir theme throughout. I felt the darkness in the art was a great take on the story bringing the d
Cassie Burris
Dec 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this. It still felt like Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys, but with an edge. I also LOVED all the references and connections to other Stratemeyer Syndicate series.
Apr 21, 2018 rated it liked it
Pretty fun mystery with a noir twist.
Llyr Heller-Humphreys
Jun 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
Not your childhood books! Dark and gritty. I enjoyed it.
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Anthony Del Col is the co-creator and co-writer of the acclaimed IDW Publishing series KILL SHAKESPEARE, which has been nominated for Harvey and Joe Shuster Awards. The series has also been adapted into a stage show, board game and is currently in development for television with Universal Cable Productions. He is also the writer or co-writer of ASSASSIN'S CREED, ASSASSIN'S CREED: ORIGINS (Titan) a ...more